New Release Books by Joanna Walsh

Joanna Walsh is the author of Girl Online (2022), Break.up (2018), Seed (2021), Did You Ever See? (2016), I Love Dad (2016), Vertigo (2015) and other 36 books.

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Girl Online

release date: May 10, 2022
Girl Online
What happens when a woman goes online? She becomes a girl. The unwritten contract of the internet, that a user is what is used, extends from the well-examined issue of data privacy and consent to the very selves women are encouraged to create in order to appear. Invited to self-construct as “girls online,” vloggers, bloggers and influencers sign a devil’s bargain: a platform on the condition they commodify themselves, eternally youthful, cute and responsibility-free, hiding offline domestic, professional and emotional labour while paying for their online presence with “accounts” of personal “experience.” Told via the arresting personal narrative of one woman negotiating the (cyber)space between her identities as girl, mother, writer, and commodified online persona, Girl Online is written in a plethora of the online styles, from programming language to the blog/diary, from tweets to lyric prose, taking in selfies, social media, celebrity and Cyberfeminism.

Break.up

release date: Apr 20, 2018
Break.up
A novel in essays that locates a “romance” within the mesh of electronic communication. So I didn't call you: instead I posted a new avatar of myself without my habitual dark glasses. I have learned: an image, any image, is a blind. All avatars give different information, illusions of contact called Telepresence, none of them the real thing. You texted me, 3 am, from some station ... As though it made any difference. But it did. —from Break.up In this “novel in essays,” Joanna Walsh simultaneously flees and pursues an ambiguous partner in an affair conducted mostly online. Traversing Europe, she awaits emails and texts and PMs, awash in her dreams, offering succinct meditations on connection and communication. If Marguerite Duras situated the telephone as the twentieth century's preferred hopeless form of connection, Walsh pinpoints the nodal points of a “romance” within today's mesh of electronic communication. As Deborah Levy observed recently, “Joanna Walsh is fast becoming one of our most important writers.” Her 2015 book Hotel, an investigation of transience conducted through hotel reviews, was described by The Paris Review as “a slim, sharp meditation on hotels and desires. [Walsh is] funny throughout, even as she documents the dissolution of her marriage and the peculiar brand of alienation on offer in lavish places.” Praise for Joanna Walsh “Walsh's writing has intellectual rigor and bags of formal bravery.” —The Financial Times “Hotel feels like something you want to endlessly quote: sharp, knowing, casually erudite ... there is power and an affecting gravitas in what Walsh does with detail.” —Sydney Review of Books “Walsh is a sublimely elegant writer ... artful and intelligent.” —The New Statesman

Did You Ever See?

release date: Mar 01, 2016

I Love Dad

release date: Apr 12, 2016
I Love Dad
A dinosaur father and child share their day, from morning yawns to fantastic bedtime stories, in a celebration of the many wonderful things about fathers.

Vertigo

release date: Oct 01, 2015
Vertigo
“With wry humor and profound sensitivity, Walsh takes what is mundane and transforms it into something otherworldly with sentences that can make your heart stop. A feat of language.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Joanna Walsh's haunting and unforgettable stories enact a literal vertigo—the feeling that if I fall I will fall not toward the earth but into space—by probing the spaces between things. Waiting for news in a children's hospital, pondering her husband's multiple online flirtations or observing the tourists and locals at a third-world archeological site, her narrator approaches the suppressed state of panic coursing beneath things that are normally tamed by our blunted perceptions of ordinary life. Vertigo is an original and breathtaking book.” (Chris Kraus)

Hotel

release date: Sep 24, 2015
Hotel
During the breakdown of an unhappy marriage, writer Joanna Walsh got a job as a hotel reviewer, and began to gravitate towards places designed as alternatives to home. Luxury, sex, power, anonymity, privacy ... hotels are where our desires go on holiday, but also places where our desires are shaped by the hard realities of the marketplace. Part memoir and part meditation, this book visits a series of rooms, suites, hallways, and lobbies--the spaces and things that make up these modern sites of gathering and alienation, hotels.

I Love Mom

release date: Dec 16, 2014
I Love Mom
Animal characters celebrate mothers, especially ones who play fun games, have bright smiles, and kiss hurt knees.

Worlds from the Word's End

release date: Jan 01, 2017

I Love Mum

release date: Jan 30, 2014
I Love Mum
Some smiles are sun smiles, run for miles smiles But no one's smile is wider, brighter, than my mum's smile. Follow two little tiger cubs as they enjoy a fun-filled day with their loving mum.

The Perfect Hug

release date: Dec 18, 2012
The Perfect Hug
An adorable follow-up to The Biggest Kiss, which School Library Journal called “a wonderful cuddle-up-and-read choice.” Includes audio! There are hugs for wrigglers, and hugs for gigglers. Hugs that are tickly, and hugs that are prickly…But what kind of hug is absolutely PERFECT? This fabulous feel-good eBook with audio is simply bursting with the cuddliest, snuggliest, most perfect hugs. Dive in and enjoy a hug yourself!

Sandy's Magical Adventures

release date: Jun 30, 2016
Sandy's Magical Adventures
Join Sandy on this exciting adventure where the fairy, Ishta grants her three wishes, awakening her special abilities. Her powers continue to grow, and she meets a goblin who offers to teach her about magic. But can he be trusted? Danton, the unicorn, who comes from another realm, guides her on her way. Find out what she does with her last wish. The answer will surprise you!

Grow a Pair

release date: Oct 01, 2015
Grow a Pair
Once upon a time three big dicks lived in a forest. Meanwhile, in a city where no one has genitals, residents get creative with their desires. A woman discovers that she can cause people to have orgasms by pressing a special key on her keyboard. Joanna Walsh's interlinked fairytales take place in a realm of erotic possibility, where desire is the driving energy and shame seems to be unheard-of substance. In these funny, absurd, sometimes dark tales, everything is imbued with the magic of sex.

Pedro the Donkey

release date: Nov 26, 2014
Pedro the Donkey
Pedro the donkey is sad and he needs your help. Can you save him? Maybe the fairy can. Perhaps it is the monkey. Or will it be too late? Find out in this delightful tale about a donkey who finds a new path to follow. Pedro the Donkey is a story which helps people to understand that you can choose to see and focus on all of the good, happy, positive, beautiful things in life or you can choose to be sad and focus on the negative things. All of life is a choice and by maintaining a positive aspect we can choose how we experience things. We see this demonstrated by two characters, walking the same path, yet having two completely different experiences, based on their own personal perspective on life.

All Asleep

release date: Jan 01, 2008
All Asleep
Whisper softly, take a peep, the babies are all fast asleep... With gentle, reassuring words and a sweet bedtime palette, All Asleep is the perfect before-bed story to share with baby. Read along as babies around the world drift off to sleep; the soothing rhymes are sure to make baby's eyelids a little bit heavier. Featuring a die-cut moon on the front cover and stunning artwork from talented author/illustrator Joanna Walsh, this is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

What If?

release date: Jan 01, 1999
What If?
A little girl imagines various events, including the disappearance of her parents and teachers, and encounters with a dragon and a spaceship, even though her teacher and her mother try to discourage her.

How Nettie Got Her Wings

release date: Jan 01, 1996
How Nettie Got Her Wings
A new series of small-format picture book about Nettie,who is no ordinary fairy.

Nettie's New House

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Nettie's New House
A new series of small-format picture books about Nettie,who is no ordinary fairy

The Biggest Kiss

release date: Dec 15, 2021

James & the Dragon

release date: Jan 01, 2018
James & the Dragon
When James loses his beloved dog, he finds that anger is easy to give into. Filled with rage, James decides to take revenge against the magical creature that took away his best friend. The only problem is-that creature is a fire breathing dragon.
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